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Chestermere adds narrower lot options for new developments

People looking to buy a single-family home in Chestermere will soon see a broader range of options.

The small city just east of Calgary now allows for single-family homes to be built on narrower lots. Chestermere amended its land-use bylaw so that certain areas of future communities can receive a designation that allows for single-family homes to be built on lots with a minimum width of 30 feet. Previously, the only designation for single-family homes allowed for lots with a minimum width of 45 feet. This designation will continue to exist in Chestermere communities, as well.

“Council took public input, committee input and staff input into consideration when identifying planned lots as an option in the new Municipal Development Plan process, which then translated into Area Structure Plans,” says mayor Patricia Matthews.

“The intent in allowing this new district was to provide for a new type of housing option for people looking to downsize in Chestermere as well as those looking to start out in our community.”

“We are an ever-evolving city and hope that by providing different housing types we’ll make our neighbourhoods even stronger,” she adds.

The new lot designation will have rear lane access and not allow for front-attached garages. Homes on these lots can be two-storeys or bungalows. Like the larger lots, these will also have a 1.5 metre side-yard setback. Land developers with future communities in Chestermere are lauding the move.

“The approval of smaller single family lots in Chestermere will allow both current and future residents the opportunity to purchase homes at a more affordable price point,” says Catherine Agar, manager of planning at WestCreek Developments. “As a developer, we have been working closely with the city to make this change a reality as we feel it is pertinent to the sustainability of Chestermere. Our future communities of BridgePort and Dawson’s Landing will incorporate these smaller lots, as it will allow residents to stay within our communities throughout all of their life stages.”

WestCreek is also the developer behind Legacy in southeast Calgary, which is a back-to-back winner of Community of the Year-City of Calgary at the Calgary Region SAM (Sale sand Marketing) Awards.

“This is particularly exciting for the City of Chestermere as they will begin to see a considerable amount of growth and urbanization over the next few years,” Agar says. “Lowering lot sizes will allow both millennials and seniors an opportunity to stay in this serene lakeside community. In addition, it will also attract new residents who have a desire to live in a city that retains its small town charm and feel.”

The developer says it hopes to see BridgePort and Dawson’s Landing come to market within the next two years.

“We are very pleased with this change to land use bylaw,” says Steve LePan, sales and marketing director for Anthem United. “In our recent approved outline plan for the upcoming community of Chelsea, we have a number of these lots. These smaller lots will add to the housing diversity in the community and allow more people to make the move to Chestermere.”

Anthem United is also the developer behind Nolan Hill and Sage Hill in northwest Calgary, along with Drake Landing in Okotoks. Chelsea is slated to come to market next year.

“The lifestyle of Chestermere and the proximity to Calgary already make it a great destination,” adds LePan. “Now with smaller lots, families that are just starting out will have a greater ability to lay down roots without breaking the bank or moving to a more affordable locale.”

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